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07-12-03, 07:23 PM   #1  
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Can't get the rear rotor off my 1998 lincoln town car -- wheel, caliper and retaining nuts have been removed. Seems stuck solidly.

 
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07-12-03, 07:32 PM   #2  
Dumb question here... You're parking brake is off, correct?
If so, taking some WD-40 (or something like it) spray around the center hub, and in/around each wheel stud. Wait a few minutes, then LIGHTY tap the rotor between each wheel stud, NOT on the actual braking surface. You may have to repeat this a few times..
I also have a rubber mallet that I use occationally to tap from the back side, as I rotate the rotor around.

 
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07-12-03, 07:42 PM   #3  
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Thanks for your reply: Yes, the parking brake is off. The rotor turns freely. I have used WD-40 around the hub and studs and I have "tapped" rather firmly the outer edge of the rotor with a heavy rubber rubber hammer. The rotor is still firmly stuck to the hub. --- Thanks. Ike


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07-12-03, 07:49 PM   #4  
Try the tapping in between the studs on the hub part of the rotor.
This does 2 things- It'll frequently cause the rotor (and drums) to bounce off, and it'll keep from warping the rotor.
Yes, sometimes you have to go from a tap to a rap..Keep working around between the studs..

Yes, I've run into this before, and it's frustrating when you're "on the clock"..But it'll come..

 
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07-12-03, 08:18 PM   #5  
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Thanks again Msargent -- I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong. I seems they would have threaded holes in the rotor that allowed you to force it off the drum. --- Oh well !!!!!!! Ike -- Uh Oh, I meant "force it off the hub"

 
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07-12-03, 09:44 PM   #6  
frustration can turn into trouble here, i usually put the lug nuts back on half way to save the studs from a misplaced hit when i have to swing harder and harder with BFH, and like msargent said, hit it right between the studs---prevents warping, but if you're replacing the rotors with new ones, do what you gotta do!

 
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07-12-03, 10:14 PM   #7  
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Sometimes, the manufacturers put toothed "lockwashers" on the rotors and drums from the factory to hold them in place when the car is going down the assembly line.

These can be cut off with a wire nipper pliers. Make sure that's not holding you up before pounding !

 
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